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Starship Troopers Paperback – May 15, 1987
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Juan Rico signed up with the Federal Service on a lark, but despite the hardships and rigorous training, he finds himself determined to make it as a cap trooper. In boot camp he will learn how to become a soldier, but when he graduates and war comes (as it always does for soldiers), he will learn why he is a soldier. Many consider this Hugo Award winner to be Robert Heinlein's finest work, and with good reason. Forget the battle scenes and high-tech weapons (though this novel has them)--this is Heinlein at the top of his game talking people and politics.
Praise for Starship Troopers
“Nothing has come along that can match it.”—Science Fiction Weekly
“A book that continues to resonate and influence to this day, and one whose popularity and luster hasn’t been dimmed despite decades of imitations.”—SF Reviews
“Heinlein’s genius is at its height in this timeless classic that is as meaningful today as when it was written...a fast-paced novel that never gets preachy. This is a definite must-have, must-read book.”—SF Site
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I recently retired after 27 years of Naval service, and as silly as it may seem to some, this book was the foundation of my success; in military service, in the lives of countless young Sailors, and in my new role as a civilian.
It shaped the character of who I was as a leader of men and women at war.
Heinlein may have authored "better" books (according to the critics) but having read virtually all of them, none of the others ever quite so captured the essence of what it means to be both in military service and what those of us fortunate enough to have served all know in our hearts: the true value and moral responsibility of citizenship.
This is an engaging coming-of-age story featuring a young man heading off to war in space against creatures from another planet which will destroy Earth if not stopped. The characters are not shallow or unrealistic. The pace of the story is just right, with plenty of action and plenty of character development or background. I really liked reading this book.
I find it really interesting that we know so little about the main character through most of the book. We see things through his eyes, but, we don't really see him.
So different from the movie adaptation! But I understand: it would be impossible to make this into a movie as is.
This is a masterful novel. I'll have to re-discover Mr. Heinlein! I dimly remember some old favorites.